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SWAPS: Imps/Decants
April Fool 2008 (Huckleberry, white rose, tangerine, nicotiana, lemon blossom, and Fool's Parsley.)
Arcana (Frankincense, rosemary, lavender, neroli, and verbena.)
Baku (no listed notes)
Brimstone (no list of notes)
City in the Sea (luminous aquatic notes threaded through by creeping ivies, white woods, waving kelp and bruised violets.)
A Companion of the Same Nature ½ (skin musk, red rose petals, mums, carnations, white linen, and sunlit amber on a bed of soft dry leaves.)
Ded Moroz (golden amber, white amber, redwood, teak, bois du rose, sage, tree moss, and snow.)
Delphi (The smoke of Sacred Incense of Apollo twined through laurel branches, bay, and honey wine.)
Dole of the King's Daughter ½ (Red roses, blood-flecked lilies, upturned earth, yew branches, and blood mingled with river sand.)
Hellfire (A swirl of pipe tobacco, hot leather, ambergris, dark musk and the lingering incense smoke from their Black Mass.)
Himerus (A passion-rousing blend of juniper, sandalwood, rosewood, red musk, orchid, bergamot and lilac.)
Incessant Torture of Remorse ½ (opopponax, lavender, blackberry, patchouli, olive leaf, myrtle, and white cognac.)
Lady of Lake Ronkonkoma (Balsamic, reedy water, sweetgrass, algae, loosestrife, and lady's slipper.)
Lemon-Scented Sticky Bat (Sticky-sweet iced lemon sugar!)
Marie (A blend of sinuous violet and elegant tea rose.)
Midwinter's Eve 2011 ½ (The perfume of sugared plums over a breeze of winter flowers.)
Ozymandias (Dry desert air, dry and hot, passing over crumbling stone megaliths and plundered golden monuments, bearing a hint of the incense of lost Gods on its winds.)
Sleipnir (Confections spun of hazelnuts, honey, elderberries, and bilberries with a dusting of hay and a bit of carrot.)
Slobbering Pine (no list of notes)
Zieba Tree (no listed notes)

MY COLLECTION: Bottles
April Fool 2008 (Huckleberry, white rose, tangerine, nicotiana, lemon blossom, and Fool's Parsley.)
Brownian Motion (Possets) (Ylang Ylang and jasmine. Something herbal in background.)
Chuparosa (No listed notes; rose and honeysuckle.)
Door (Golden honey, nicotiana, blue chamomile, and cistus.)
Girls Love Clubbing (Possets) (No listed notes; honeycomb and musk.)
Lady Luck Blues (Honeyed Bulgarian rose, vanilla flower, benzoin, tonka, black plum, peony, and iris.)
Lady of Lake Ronkonkoma (Balsamic, reedy water, sweetgrass, algae, loosestrife, and lady's slipper.)
Lemon-Scented Sticky Bat (Sticky-sweet iced lemon sugar! )
Leo (Egyptian amber, walnut bark, chamomile, frankincense, and saffron.)
Sleipnir (Confections spun of hazelnuts, honey, elderberries, and bilberries with a dusting of hay and a bit of carrot.)
Thunder and Blazes (Leather, crushed grass, mud, sangre de grado, and crushed lemon candy.)

MY COLLECTION: Imps/Decants
A Wonderful Light (Three radiant ambers with honey, linden blossom, bourbon vanilla, and orange zest.)
All Souls (An incense blend that invokes the higher qualities of mercy and compassion, mingled with the soft, sugared currant scent of offertory soul cakes.)
Amiable and Lovely Creatures (honey and rosewater with fig, patchouli, night-blooming jasmine, and white almond.)
Beautiful and Adored (rose musk, white gardenia, English pear, vanilla bean, red currant, and honey.)
Bien Loin D'Ici (red musk, benzoin, caramel accord, golden honey, and spiced Moroccan unguents.)
Delphi (The smoke of Sacred Incense of Apollo twined through laurel branches, bay, and honey wine.)
Flor de Muerto (only listed note is orange marigolds)
Halloween: New Orleans (The distinctive scent of the Mississippi at night mingling with sweet olive and Spanish moss.)
Haloes (Oak, tonka, vanilla, white sandalwood, lily of the valley, white ginger, amber, and apricot.)
Hellfire (A swirl of pipe tobacco, hot leather, ambergris, dark musk and the lingering incense smoke from their Black Mass.)
Intrigue (Black palm, with cocoa, fig and shadowy wooded notes.)
Katrina van Tassel (White rose and honeyed cream.)
La Bella Donna dia Mella Mente (Soft, lush myrtle and dry, sweet melilot with wild rose, pomegranate juice and peach blossom against a background of deep aquatic notes and a twirl of melancholy autumn breezes.)
Lady Una (Honey musk, green tea leaf, blackberry leaf, vanilla bean, and fae spices.)
Lucy's Kiss (The gentle scent of rose and a blend of Victorian spices.)
Minamoto No Yorimitsu Cuts at the Earth Spider (Toasted sandalwood, tobacco flower, teakwood, castoreum accord, bourbon vanilla, and patchouli.)
Mommy Fortuna (Honey, gunpowder, and pleonectic, twopenny magics.)
Moon of Horses (Grape vines, cinnamon, frankincense, olive leaf, red wine, saffron, stacte, galbanum, costus root, smoke, and brimstone.)
Penitent Magdelene (Immortelle, lily of the valley, gaiac, amber, honey, white sandalwood, almond flower, blonde musk, and hyssop.)
Sacrifice (The scent of a vampire cowboy: Sweetgrass and tumbleweeds, cedar and white sage, dusty, wet leather, woodsmoke, and blood.)
School-House (Dandelion, white clover, balsam fir logs, and birchwood switches.)
Selkie (The chill waters of the Orkney coast, tea-leaved willow, honey-touched Grass-of-Parnassus, sea aster, and Scottish Primrose.)
Sibyl (Bourbon vanilla, Egyptian musk, olibanum, summer honey, white tea, Spanish mandarin, tea rose, cognac, and a faint trace of prussic acid.)
Til Death (white rose, black locust blossom, French magnolia, globe amaranth, iris root, and honeysuckle.)
VILF (Vampire smut: patchouli-infused honey, red musk, red sandalwood, red ginger, pink pepper, Peru balsam, dark Eastern florals, Himalayan cedar, smoky vanilla, bitter clove, and leather.)
Wild Swans at Coole (Falling leaves breaking the stillness of cool water, with sweet autumn clematis, feather-soft orris root, luminous white chypre, and muguet.)

NIGEL'S COLLECTION: Bottles
Ded Moroz (golden amber, white amber, redwood, teak, bois du rose, sage, tree moss, and snow.)
Trevor Bruttenholm (A classic men’s cologne mixed with the scent of old, yellowed books, a splash of bay rum, and summoning incense.)

NIGEL'S COLLECTION: Imps/Decants
Black Forest (Thick, viscous pine with ambergris, black musk, juniper and cypress.)
Calaveras (Xocolatl, tequila, copal incense, smoke-dried jalapeños, vanilla pods, and cajeta.)
Dragon's Tears (Bittersweet yet powerful: salty aquatic notes and bursting with dragon's blood.)
Frost at Midnight (fierce musk and immortelle, clary sage and oud, terebinth pine and ambrette seed, ivy and tobacco, honeysuckle and orange blossom.)
Herr Drosselmeyer (Pipe smoke, sweet leather, woods and linen.)
Infernal Lover (A creamy, sensual, honeyed red musk.)
Isles of Demons (The scent is of wet, dark greenery, carnivorous flowers, volcanic gas, and the hot black musk of the demons and wild beasts that populated the islands.)
Port au Prince (Dark, decadent and incomparably exotic: the rich scent of buttered rum flavored with almond, bay, clove and sassafras.)
Satyr (no listed notes; definite musk)
Shivering Boy (The scent of frozen, dormant vineyards, bitter sleet, and piercing ozone, hurled through labdanum, benzoin, and olibanum.)
Smokestack (Creosote, coal, and industrial waste.)
Tenochititlan (Amber, hyssop, coriander, epazote, Mexican sage, prickly pear and Mexican tulip poppy.)
Wolf Moon (Winter air, Terebinth pine, black spruce, long-dead maple leaves, juniper berry, dusty orris, deep amber, white sandalwood, brown musk, blue cedar, ambrette seed, benzoin, and tonka.)
Wolf's Heart (no listed notes)

WISHLIST: Bottles
Calaveras (Xocolatl, tequila, copal incense, smoke-dried jalapeños, vanilla pods, and cajeta.)
The Malignant Dreams of Cthulhu in Love (an amorphous mix of oppressive, piceous ritual incense, macerated kelp, sea salt, sticky dark ocean plants, and . . . mixed chocolates.)
Mommy Fortuna (Honey, gunpowder, and pleonectic, twopenny magics.)
Shivering Boy (For Nigel: The scent of frozen, dormant vineyards, bitter sleet, and piercing ozone, hurled through labdanum, benzoin, and olibanum.)

WISHLIST: Imps/Decants
Anne Bonny (A blend of Indonesian red patchouli, red sandalwood, and frankincense.)
Baobahn Sith (Grapefruit, white tea, apple blossom and ginger.)
Bayou (Spanish moss, evergreen and cypress with watery blue-green notes and an eddy of hothouse flowers and swamp blooms.)
Black Heart (Sweet pea, vanilla-infused sandalwood, bourbon vanilla, white honey, carnation, pomegranate, Vitis riparia, plum, and cognac.)
Bob Cratchit's Hearth (For Nigel: Glowing firewood and sherry-cobbler.)
Clockwork Couture: Male (For Nigel: Leather, vanilla-infused sandalwood, East Indian patchouli, bitter clove, galbanum, and iron filings.)
Comforting Plush Companion (Warm, snuggly honey musk with sweet vanilla and a hint of rose and sugar plums.)
Dana O'Shee (Milk, honey and sweet grains.)
Danse Macabre (Black cypress with oakmoss, frankincense, oude, and a sliver of toasted hazelnut.)
Danube (Rhododendron and bellflower petals swirl through deep, cool, dark aquatic notes.)
Echo (Vanilla orchid, amyris, white sandalwood, grey amber, and tuberose.)
Fighter (Leather, musk, blood, and steel.)
Good (Shimmering celestial musk with vanilla, white honey, acacia, and sugar cane.)
Half-Elf (White sandalwood, beeswax, white tea leaf, oud, and a hint of sophisticated urban musk.)
Halfling (Porridge, kukui nuts, and pastry crumbs.)
Haloa 2010 (Wine grapes, pomegranate, myrrh, frankincense and olive leaf, and the warm scent of offertory cakes.)
Havana (Date palm, dried tobacco, snakeroot, and leather.)
Hereaon of Argos (Pomegranate, apple blossom, fig, willow bark, and almond.)
Jolasveinar 2010 (Their scent is a mishmash of snow, dirt, Icelandic moss, marsh felwort, and the smushed petals of buttercups and moorland spotted orchids, with the barest hint of the scent of pilfered Christmas pastries.)
La Vague (White peach, lily of the valley, jasmine, rose, iris, osmanthus, tangerine, white wine grape, and cream accord.)
The Lights of Men's Lives (The wax and smoke of millions upon millions of candles illuminating the walls of Death's shadowy cave: some tall, straight, and strong, blazing with the fire of life, others dim and guttering.)
Lucretia (Iris, black amber, sage, Kashmir wood, vanilla musk, mandarin and violet.)
The Marquis da Carabas (For Nigel: A splash of bay rum, leather, dusty black wool, massoia bark, and opium residue.)
Mother Ginger (French vanilla, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and marshmallow cream.)
Nemesis (Cypress, ginger, fig, dried rose, red patchouli, tonka bean and cyclamen.)
Neutral (A flawless skin musk.)
Now Winter Nights Enlarge (vanilla-infused red musk, champaca, petitgrain, ylang ylang, patchouli, nutmeg, honey, galbanum, and traces of caramel.)
Olokun (His ofrenda is the scent of the lightless deep: the glorious, unknowable gloom of the ocean floor.)
Paladin (Immaculate white musk, sweet frankincense, bourbon vanilla, white leather, and shining armor.)
Queen of Sheba (Her scent is a bounty of golden honeyed almonds and a whisper of African and Middle Eastern spices.)
The Red Rider (Red leather, red moss, and balsam.)
Rogue (Soft, well-worn black leather, hemp, and rosin.)
Smut (Three swarthy, smutty musks sweetened with sugar and woozy with dark booze notes.)
The Spanish Dance (Chocolate, orange blossom honey, and pomegranate.)
Sudha Segara (Sweet milk and warm, healing ginger with a touch of golden honey and our blend of Ambrosia.)
Tea (Darjeeling tea, lemon verbena, star anise, and honeycomb.)
Tilt-a-Whirl (No description so far, but what I tried was yummy vanilla goodness.)
Tezcatlipoca (Deep cocoa laced with patchouli, leather armor, ritual incense, and a touch of Xochiquetzal's flowers.)
Ü (A mélange of balsams, leathers, and raw vanilla designed to evoke images of unearthed secrets and dusty, ancient libraries.)
Wezwanie/Hold (Hazelnut, vanilla bean, red sandalwood, amber, myrrh, and honey.)
The White Rider (White leather and sandalwood.)
Whoop (Golden sunlight and sweet fresh air brightening a Heavenly sky on Christmas Day: crisp winter air, shimmering amber, sweet honey, with a touch of pumpkin pie, pine cone, cranberry, and bayberry.)

The Great Migration

I've effectively reached my tolerance level with Livejournal. I'll likely keep the account to access certain communities that don't have a presence elsewhere, but future posts will all be made at my Tumblr account: http://smallglassworlds.tumblr.com/. Feel free to follow me over there if you're interested. I shan't be making more noise here.

Dragon*Con Recap....

I'm just hitting the highlights here, since I'm too exhausted to do anything else, and probably won't remember most of it when I'm more awake. So, Dragon*Con....

Thursday - Chaos unloading in front of the Hyatt, but check-in was a breeze. Had dinner at Sway, the new restaurant in the Hyatt lobby. Pricey, but OMG good. Pretty much the best meal of the whole con. Got my badge from Tang while Nigel went to work. Finished up sewing on Applejack's appliques in my hotel room, then crashed.

Friday - Hit the various dealers' rooms the second they opened, since I needed to buy stuff I would be wearing later that day. Picked up a wig from Arda Wigs and pony ears from Yaya. Changed into Steampunk Cinderella for the photoshoot in the Sheraton. It was looooooong. Like three hours straight. By the time we were done, none of us wanted to go anywhere else because we were so tired.

Changed into street clothes to grab a beer and dinner with Corey, then it was on to Applejack. Wandered around for a while and ended up on the 10th floor of the Mariott, then a room party. Drinking occurred, so much of the night was a blur.

Saturday - Slept in and changed into the Ice Fairy. Went to the Mariott and couldn't find the rest of the group, save Linda and Merry. Mariott is not a good place for meetups. We were even on the same floor and couldn't find each other for almost half an hour. Finally met up with everyone else, though by that time, Merry had to leave to go on shift.

Went to the 10th floor for photo shoot minus the Summer Queen. While up there, Nigel ran into one of the Game of Thrones shoots and, as he was dressed as Robert Baratheon, joined in. I went back to the hotel room to rest and prep for the Pan shoot. After a shower and a lot of ironing, was ready for Pan. Two of our group bowed out at the last minute; one because she was too tired, the other because she couldn't get into her room to her costume. Unfortunately, we also lost our photographer, so I ended up taking the majority of the photos for the shoot. Of course, this meant I wasn't in very many of them because it was rare I could hand the camera to someone else to get in the frame.

After that a good number of us went to Hsu's for Chinese food. Also, Christine won her "no speaking for 18 hours" bet and was finally able to talk again halfway through the meal. After that some more drinking, and I dragged about 20 people to the Cabaret. We thought we weren't going to get in, because the room was almost full, but thanks to Ryan, Joe and Linda's sparkling personalities, we managed to make it. The Cabaret was fabulous and I am so glad I went. There were some seriously amazing performers in the show.

After the Cabaret a few of us went to the Freezepop concert that was already in progress and danced until we were all exhausted. Bed happened shortly thereafter.

And, yes, that was all just Saturday.

Sunday - After breakfast, I donned my "Mad Men"-esque dress and went to do my booth shift for Accelerando. Since the game had already been going since Thursday, it was pretty slow. Also, the line for Wil Wheton and Felicia Day blocked most of our booth, so we couldn't see anything and any potential players couldn't see us. After my shift was over, I wasn't feeling too hot, so went back to the room to nap. Woke up a couple hours later weak and extremely sick.

Yup, food poisoning.

I'd eaten about a third of a wrap earlier in the day that tasted a little odd, so I didn't finish it. The only other thing I'd eaten that day was a cookie, so the wrap was the obvious culprit. I spent most of the rest of the night violently ill and the stress of the situation also triggered my asthma.

It sucked. I missed all of the steampunk stuff I'd planned to do that afternoon/evening. I wasn't even mobile until almost 11:30. When I finally felt better, Nigel and I went out to see what people were up to and ended up hanging out on the LARP floor and babysitting a very drunk/ill Tang. I didn't have much left in me, so I pussed out around 2:30 AM.

Monday - After fetching breakfast from the food court, we checked out and loaded our car. Nigel and I hit one of the dealer's rooms before we had to head across town to get the dogs out of hock (i.e. - their kennel, which closed at 2:00). After grabbing some lunch and dropping the dogs at home, we then went back to the con and hit the other two dealers' rooms until they closed. I came away with a reasonably priced pair of black leather bracers for Thora, an Aperture Science t-shirt for both Nigel and I, a bottle cap pendant with a pinup cowgirl on it (hard to explain, you'd have to see it) and, finally, a corset that not only fits, but one whose busk the mighty boobs will hopefully not destroy.

Unfortunately, I missed the art show completely, since it apparently closed an hour earlier than the dealers' rooms. That, the Time Traveler's Ball, and the fact that I didn't go to a single panel this weekend were the things that most disappointed me. I think, next year, I won't be doing as many photoshoots, as they seem to have become prohibitive for me to actually see most of the con.

I am already compiling a list of possible costumes for next year, however, I think I'm going to stick to mostly just roaming around in them and not scheduling big chunks of my days to being in a certain place at a certain time. I haven't narrowed things down, but here's the potential roster for next year (I obviously won't be doing all of these):

Catra - yes, from She-Ra; it's an easy costume, so I don't see why I couldn't do it

Margaery Tyrell - since they've cast Natalie Dormer in the show and I somewhat resemble her... plus I like the character and love that series

Nini's Cancan Dress - from Moulin Rouge; I've been wanting to make this for years, though it would be pricey

Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite - this one's pretty much a given, as I'm tempted to begin working on it in the next few months

Applejack - going to reprise my current costume, but try to add a few more pieces

Steampunk Blue Lantern - possibly for Q's group, we'll have to see how things pan out

Cranach Snow White - from the "historical Disney princesses" artwork, I'm also leaning strongly toward this one

Arkham City Catwoman - I just love her little aviator-style cap with the cat ears and goggles, not completely sold on it, though

Tali - from Mass Effect, this is sort of my dream costume, but money has been prohibitive in the past and may be once again

Wonder Woman - why the hell not?

As usual, I also welcome suggestions. Keep in mind that I'm going to be keeping my hair black, so anything that doesn't require a wig will likely be more strongly considered.

And that's it for now. I'm tired just reading back over everything. I think I definitely need a more low-key (and less sick) con next time around.

Home....

Home from Dragon*Con. There's no way I can read backwards through everything I missed, so let me know if something important happened while I was gone. Right now I'm finally relaxing and working on getting pictures off the camera. I'll do a brief con report in a few, once I've decompressed a bit.

Dragon*Con Prep + Randomness

For some reason, my house currently smells like really good pipe tobacco mixed with brandy. I have no idea why, but I'm not complaining.

In other news, this evening effectively starts the Dragon*Con countdown for me. I've already informed my professors that I will not be attending class on Thursday, so I have the next couple of days to finish up things what need to be finished and prepare for con. I do still have a ton of homework to do, but I'm pretty sure I can fit that in there as well.

Regarding costuming, I'm done with everything for me, but Nigel has begged and pleaded for me to make him a tabard so he can be Robert Baratheon, so I'm going to try to squeeze that out. It's a pretty simple design, so I think I can probably have it done tonight if I'm diligent. Also, I have a couple of things to finish up for Accelerando, but one of them is partially done already and I don't think the other will take too long. I'm going to try to finish off the partially done one tonight as well.

Tomorrow, I start packing and get to work on my schedule. I already know where I need to be for costuming/photoshoot stuff, but there are also other things I need to chart out before I can guarantee I'll be anywhere specific. I like to make it to at least a few panels every year, and I have other obligations besides. I'll make a locked post with my phone number tomorrow sometime for those of you who want to get in touch with me at the con.

I still haven't gotten my refund, which is a little worrisome, but I'm trying not to freak out over it. I still also really want a haircut, but that may have to wait.

Finally, I've also managed to sprain my right wrist, thanks to my overzealous dogs deciding to take off after a critter and dragging me into a fence. I've been icing and wrapping it, and generally trying not to use it much, and it's improving. I'm hoping I won't have to wear the bandage anymore by Friday.

Updated Dragon*Con Costume Schedule....

So, as I've only got one piece of one costume left to finish (and have a backup option for that piece, if I don't) and all the various groups and such I'm participating in have finalized their schedules, I figured I'd post an updated list of my costume schedule for this year's con.

Friday
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Steampunk Cinderella (Disney "rags" version), Sheraton, then Westin and ending up at the Hyatt
7:00 PM - whenever: Applejack (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)

Saturday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Icicle Fairy (Original), Mariott
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Steampunk Wendy (Peter Pan), Hilton

Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Casual Steampunk (Will likely throw something together from the pieces in my closet.)
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM: Steampunk Absinthe Outfit (A combination of the Circus dress and the Opium Den dress... it'll make more sense once you see it.), Guinness Attempt and Time Traveler's Ball

I don't wear costumes on Monday, as I'm usually so achy by that point that I desperately want to be in jeans. You may notice that I've added a new costume to the schedule (Applejack). This was mainly because 1) I really wanted to do it and 2) I currently have everything for the costume with the exception of the wig (I figured I could get double-duty out of the Cinderella wig I'll be buying at con) and the ears (which I'll also be buying while there).

Yes, I have pseudo-western stuff in my closet because I occasionally play a space cowboy at Eclipse. I have the hat, boots, shorts or jeans (haven't decided which yet), and several shirts that could work. I just need to make a couple of apple-shaped patches and I'm done.

Well....

I'm finishing up a skirt for a commission today. It would have been done yesterday except I ran out of boning. I now have more boning and it will be finished tonight instead.

I'm also supposed to be working on a LARP costume commission this weekend, but its likely I won't be able to get to it until Sunday. I'm not happy about this, because I'm a couple of days behind, but it can't be helped. I'm sick again, after having gotten better for a few days. This means I'm going to need to make time to go to the health center on Monday.

In other news, the semester has started, so I also have that to contend with. Tonight I need to do work for my online class. Monday, I do the work for all my other classes. It's going to be a busy semester, but I knew that was coming. I already have homework in everything.

Dragon*Con costuming is on hold while I finish the commissions. The only thing I've got left for myself is Wendy's corset, which I'm thinking may not get done again, because I'm running out of time. I have a corset I can use as backup, but it won't look as good. On top of that, Nigel wants me to make a costume for him for the con that would normally be simple but, as I'm pressed for time, I'm not sure I'll be able to finish it. I think I may have to tell him he's going to have to wait until next year.

Next weekend is the first Dust to Dust three-day event. I'm going because I desperately need a break from being stressed all the time. LARPing can be therapeutic when necessary and, since I can't play FoD until next season, D2D is the other game I'm going to play. Fortunately, I finished my costume for that character months ago, so I don't have to worry about making anything. I will be missing their second event, however, because I'll be in Florida. Florida trumps LARPing, IMO.

We're still broke at the moment, but my disbursement should be just around the corner. When it comes in, I can pay off a few things (and people) and life, in general, should become easier. Some of it is going toward our much-needed vacation, while a good portion is getting socked away for potential moving expenses next summer. Oh, and then I have the GRE to register for and all the application fees for various grad schools. At least we won't be starving and will be able to afford gas.

If I sound kind of bummed, I apologize. I'm stressed and sick, which is never a good combination for me. I also have no idea how I got sick, since I almost never leave the house these days (too busy working on sewing stuff). I suspect it's probably sinus/allergy related.

Just a Quick Note....

Just a quick note to let everyone know what is going on.

I'm currently sick with some sort of sinus yick. It's getting better, but slowly, so I'm sort of moving at half-speed on all of the things I need to do. I'm also in the process of finishing up a couple of writing projects for Accelerando that are taking longer than I'd anticipated because the sick has broken my brain and I keep making mistakes that I have to go back and fix. On top of that, I'm working on two commissions this week, and have two more costumes I have to finish next week. The two costumes next week are for Nigel and I respectively, so it's possible I may not get one or both of those done. On top of that, I also start school tomorrow. And my computer is acting up, which makes doing anything online difficult at times.

So, be patient with me please. I'm doing the best I can.

News Bulletin....

I tend not to use LJ as much as I used to, given all the outages. There may be a day at some point where I give up and delete the journal. If that's the case, I'll make a post letting everyone know where I'm going, in case they want to follow.

Now, onto other things....

School starts this week. My online class begins Wednesday, while my regular classes are all on Thursday. Yes, I hate online classes. No, I wouldn't be taking this one if I had any choice--it's the only Language and Linguistics class offered this semester and I need to take it to graduate. This does make me a little grumpy, but at least it looks like the professor has a sense of humor; the graphic at the top of the webpage for the class is a painting of the Tower of Babel.

Other classes I'm taking are American Lit (the first one, because I've really got to get it done and over with), German III and my Senior Seminar. The Senior Seminar is, unfortunately, on Milton. I'm not a fan of Milton. Not at all. I like Dr. Bowers, who is teaching the class, but if something else I can take opens up in that time slot, I'm going for it. Nothing against her; I just hate Milton.

Dragon*Con progress continues apace. The Ice Fairy and Cinderella are both finished. I'm working on a skirt for a commission starting tomorrow, which I don't believe will take me much longer than Wednesday, and then I finish up Wendy's corset at the end of the week/beginning of next week.

Then I'm done... well, except the fates seem to be determined that I should do the Baby Jane Splicer for the aquarium. First I thought it would be a great idea because of the location. Then, there was a group of Bioshock cosplayers getting together there, looking for other costumers to join them. Now, Irrational Games (the company that makes BioShock) is going to be there and handing out prizes for people in Bioshock costumes.

So, if I can get the costume done, I will. But, if not, I won't lose sleep over it. The only things I think I'd need to make it are a pair of ripped stockings, a garter belt and a pattern I can adapt. I'm pretty sure I have all the other materials already. But, like I said, we'll have to see.

Dragon*Con Costuming Schedule...

It looks like the various groups I'm a part of have settled on when they'll be in costume during the convention. So, without further ado, this is my costuming schedule for this year's con. I'll update it if anything changes (like the locations that haven't been decided yet).

Friday:
Steampunk Disney Princess Group - Variation of Cinderella's "peasant" outfit - Westin, 3:00PM.

Saturday:
Seasonal Fairy Court Group - Ice Fairy for Winter Court - Location TBA, 2:00PM.
Steampunk Peter Pan Group - Wendy (with new and improved bits) - Location TBA, 7:00PM.

Sunday:
Steampunk Costuming - Haven't chosen which outfit yet - Time Traveler's Ball, 8:30PM.

I might throw in a couple of other outfits for Friday night and Sunday day, but I'm mostly concerned with getting these ready first. As usual, I'm also already considering costumes for next year, so there will probably be a post on that coming soon.

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